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Play and Community Space Construction Update

November 7, 2017


The new DVFS play and community space construction is underway, and we're sharing an updated rendering, as well as a few progress photos. The construction will be ongoing for the next few months, and we look forward to students, as well as the DV and greater communities, enjoying this wonderful new space when spring weather returns!

11/1 | First day, and the tractors are moving earth to create a flat area:

11/3 | Day 3, side …

Posted by kelly in Beyond the Classroom, Middle School, Lower School on Tuesday November 7
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How Do You Wage Peace?

DVFS Art Teacher Jodi Rice got the idea for this WAGE PEACE installation from the American Friends Service Committee at the African-American Museum where they had a similar exhibit. She knew that she wanted to recreate the project with the DV community at some point, and everything fell into place when she was thinking of ways to share information with our families on Back to School Night. She asked each class (parents, and then later, students) …

Posted by kelly in In the Classroom, Art, Faculty on Tuesday October 10
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DV Family Featured in Main Line Parent Education Guide

We're excited to share that the Scolari Family, parents Lisa and Steve, and daughter Christine, are featured in this month's Main Line Parent familyfocus.org Online Education Guide. READ THE ARTICLE HERE-->


From the article:

Christine, now a 17-year-old senior, felt the difference from her first open house visit.

“The first minute I was there, I was like, ‘I want to go to this school,’’’ she said. “It kind of felt like home, even the first week …

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Students Grow in the DV Makerspace

The Delaware Valley Friends School Makerspace, managed by Barbara Lee (and Edu-Tech Academic Solutions), is a favorite hangout in the mornings before school. Watch and listen as Middle School students work on a marble run they designed. It demonstrates perfectly what we're hoping to achieve in the Makerspace: The freedom of open-ended exploration with found materials which leads to tinkering, testing, failing, testing, and ultimately, growth.


Posted by kelly in Middle School, Makerspace, Experiment on Friday September 15
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Transitions Times and Anxiety

DVFS Lower School Assistant Director, and Lower & Middle School Counselor, Christy Zawadzkas, shared some thoughts about an article she recently read about anxiety, and we wanted to share this food for thought regarding helping your student through a time of transition, such as the beginning of a new school year.


Transitions can be challenging. Whether we are transitioning to a new school, new city, or new job, there may be some anxiety.

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New Article About ADHD and "Hyperfocusing"

Helen Mannion, Director of Teaching and Learning at DVFS, shares what she thinks are some important takeaways from this article from ADDitude magazine about a common — but confusing — symptom of ADHD called “hyperfocus.”

    • People who think ADHD means having a short attention span may misunderstand what ADHD is...
    • What you might not know about ADHD is that there’s another side: the tendency for children and adults with attention deficit disorder to …
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DV Alumna Shares Her Dyslexia Story

Delaware Valley Friends School Alumna Michelle Guerin (Class of 2016) is a Sophomore at Cabrini University, studying Digital Communications and Social Media. Michelle writes, edits, and is a photographer for The Loquitor, the Cabrini University student-produced news forum. In an article published September 7, 2017, Michelle wrote a story titled "You Have Dyslexia," about her experience as a student learning and growing up with dyslexia. We share …

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A Message from the Head of School re Violence in Charlottesville, Va.

Friends, we share this letter from our Head of School, Kirk Smothers, in response to the violence in Charlottesville, VA.


August 17, 2017

Dear Friends,

At this point in the summer, I normally write a letter announcing new faculty and giving a preview of the school year to come. That letter will go out soon, but today I write as a leader of the Delaware Valley Friends School community and a citizen of our nation out of concern after the tragic and …

Posted by kelly in Head of School, News, Current Events on Thursday August 17 at 04:20PM
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This is Delaware Valley Friends School

We are thrilled and proud to share this new DVFSchool video, created entirely by DVFS alumni and students, and highlighting the many ways that Delaware Valley Friends School stands out as a leader in the field of educating students with learning differences.

Delaware Valley Friends School is a private, independent Quaker school in Paoli, Pennsylvania, serving students grades 3-12 with learning differences.

DVFS welcomes students with learning …

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Happy Teachers Change the World

It makes sense, right? Happy teachers change the world, and at Delaware Valley Friends School we know for a fact--and benefit every day--from the teachers among us who are working to create a balanced, mindful, peaceful learning environment, not just for students but for the faculty and staff, as well. DVFS Upper School faculty member Elizabeth Kriynovich is one of those teachers.

Through her teaching, her work with the Yoga Club, and as a …

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